Appalachian Trail – Mary’s Rock in Virgina
View from Mary’s Rock, Appalachian Trail
By: Pat Coate
I have a dream to one day (soon) hike the Appalachian Trail (Tom A. are you in?). While visiting my father-in-law in Virginia, my husband and I got a small taste of it by hiking up to Mary’s Rock in Shenandoah National Park. It was beautiful and I do hope to get back sometime. In any case, my journey has started- 4 miles down, only 2,196 or so more to go!
This stretch of the trail must be very well traveled as there was lots of erosion control along it, and just along that short stretch we ran into six other hikers. Only wildlife activity we saw were two soaring turkey vultures.
Notice the white blaze marking the trail
Post marking the intersection of the Appalachian Trail and the side trail leading to the parking area
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You were in my neck of the woods, as we say. Glad you enjoyed our mountains. I’ve lived all over, even in other countries, but I’m always called back to them. Good luck on completing your dream to hike the AT.
17 February 2012 at 1:18 am
Do it! 🙂 We did in 2010. You won’t regret it at all!
Photos make me miss the trail a lot!
17 February 2012 at 1:23 am
Start! Oh… you did… keep going!
17 February 2012 at 8:29 pm
I hiked 380 miles of VA this past summer & enjoyed every minute of it. I plan to finish VA this summer. I hope you get back to it, but you know you don’t have to hike it all at once. It is real hard to commit that much time all at once.
18 February 2012 at 2:36 am